It was your typical barnburner game as the Hettinger-Scranton Night Hawks took on the Bowman County Bulldogs in their own dog house.
By SHELDON CHRISTENSON
For The Record
It was your typical barnburner game as the Hettinger-Scranton Night Hawks took on the Bowman County Bulldogs in their own dog house. Bowman came out strong and jumped to a 11-2 lead early in the first quarter and finished the quarter with a 13-8 advantage.
The Night Hawks turned on the defensive pressure in the second quarter while the Bulldogs were getting into foul trouble, sending the Night Hawks to the free throw line. The first half ended with the Night Hawks up 36-31 with 12 of those points from the charity stripe.
Dylan Scott of the Bulldogs and Night Hawk Carson Schalesky were often trading baskets in the first half as Scott ended the half with 17 and Schalesky had 16.
The Night Hawks kept up the pressure in the third quarter and increased their lead to 56-45. But the Bulldogs were not done and kept chipping away at the lead in the final stanza. Scott, who had been relatively quite in the third quarter, was the go- to-guy in the fourth. As the game got closer, and time running out, the Bulldogs had to resort to fouling and hoping the Night Hawks would miss at the line.
The strategy was working as the Night Hawks went 1-6 on three trips to the line, while Scott was not missing many at the other end of the court. The game came down to a two point difference and Bowman had the ball with a few seconds left but could not get off a good shot.
The Night Hawks managed to pull out a 67-65 win.
Held scoreless in the first half, Jordan Dilse got some key points and rebounds in the second half. He scored all of his eight points and three of his five rebounds in the second half.
Carson Schalesky ended up with 29 and Isaiah Kludt had 14 for the Night Hawks. Leading the Bulldogs were Dylan Scott with 35 and Jacob Boehm added 10.
Bowman County’s junior varsity came away with a 60-49 victory. Down 16-12 after the first quarter they outscored the Night Hawks 16-5 with the help of many turnovers by the Night Hawks. I had the Night Hawks with 23 turnovers for the game while the Bulldogs had 15. Jacob Svihovec led the Bulldogs with 22 and Jeran Anderson paced the Night Hawks with 15 counters and Brady Dillon added 11.